A phoenix rising: impressions of Vietnam
In this thoughtful, informative account of a journey from Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta to Hanoi and Halong Bay, Zoe Schramm-Evans delves behind the cliche-ridden images of Vietnam to discover a country poised on the brink of remarkable social and economic change.
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one Getting There i
fwo Pham Ngu Lao
three Into the Delta
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